GH Transcript Friday, May 19, 2023

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I am so sorry you’re hurting. But if there’s one thing I know, it’s that curtis ashford is strong enough to weather whatever comes his way. And he won’t have to go through it alone. You have so many people who love you, and they’ll be right by your side, no matter what.

[Dramatic music]

Portia, you cannot go off half-cocked, gunning for spencer. It is going to backfire on you.

I have tried to look the other way, especially so i wouldn’t alienate trina. But all the while, spencer keeps becoming more and more a part of her life and alienating her from me.

But you’re seeing progress. Why blow it now?

Why aren’t you with me on this? I don’t get it.

When trina was rescued from the haunted star, I told you to back off. Right? But you’re doing the exact opposite. You’re doubling down.

Maybe that’s because trina came back even closer to spencer than she was before.

Which we anticipated, given what they went through. Right? Ok, are there valid concerns about spencer being in trina’s life? Hell yes. You know, I’m starting to wonder, portia, if you’re laser focused on trina and spencer because you don’t want to be focused on you, your husband, and the state of your marriage.

Look, I’m not asking for a team to salvage the haunted star like the titanic. I’m just saying the necklace was on the boat when it went down, right? So why can’t we just cut through the red tape–

because let me tell you something. The wsb is all about the red tape. Now, we’ve been down this road before. I told you, we gotta establish that that necklace belongs to you, which means you have to sign an affidavit that says you’re leopold taub’s son.

More red tape. Is that absolutely necessary?

Yeah, I know. It’s like saying genghis khan is your father. But the wsb is not going to give you money just because you say so, so you’d need to suck it up for $35 million and say that you’re the taub you were born to be.

[Tense music]

Are those the new ads for the deceptor?


It is amazing what good lighting can do.

The woman in these ads doesn’t need any help to look beautiful. And also, you looked beautiful on the home & heart shopping channel.

You saw that? I’m not going to lie, it was white-knuckle time in front of those cameras, especially when I heard the sound of a baby crying in my earpiece.

Yeah, I couldn’t believe it when lucy told me that someone deliberately tried to sabotage you.

Don’t underestimate how low some people will sink to get what they want.

I never have, and I never will.

Thanks for the heads up, mom. And don’t worry, I’m honoring willow’s wishes. Nina won’t get anywhere near her. All right, love you, too. [Deep breath] Dante.

Hey, I couldn’t help but overhearing, and you could tell me to mind my own business, but is that what willow wants or is that what you want for her?

[Knock on door]

You have a visitor.

Thanks, frank. This is a surprise. Is everything good with your mom, willow?

They’re fine. They’re fine. This is about something else.

Ok, go on.

You know how you always used to tell me that you’d do anything for me?

No matter how you treat me, that always stands.

Good, because I’m about to take you up on that offer.

[Dramatic music]

You in some kind of trouble?

No. It’s not about me.

Then what’s it about?

Dex. I want you to fire him.

Hey, frank. Boss in there? I need to speak with him.

Take a number. Family first.

You’re right. It is none of your business.

That’s not the first time I’ve heard that today. I was just interviewing a perp in the er. He said the same thing. Listen, I was in the building. I thought I’d stop in and check in on you guys, but I’ll take my nosy butt out of here.

Oh, dante, wait. Look, I don’t tell willow what to do. If she wants to make room for nina, that’s her call. I won’t stand in her way. It’s just with everything that she’s dealing with right now, the last thing she wants is nina intruding. You know?

Well, I hope for your sake and your kid’s sake that that changes. I mean, you had sonny at your wedding. Anything could happen, right?

I am gathering that something else is brewing besides deception’s ad campaign. Would it have to do with carly or willow?

Ah! No psychic channeling, please. You are not here to give me a reading or to listen to my sob stories. You are here so we can talk about the crimson’s spread for your new product, the deceptor, which I tried and it’s great. Where’s maxie, by the way? Isn’t she joining us?

Of course. Maxie knows deception has a lot riding on this ad campaign.

As taub’s heir, we have to stake a legal claim. Now, I know you don’t like your father, but $35 million will buy you a lot of sports cars and a lot of therapy. Hey, come on. Come on. Are you listening to me?

Hey, just give me a minute. Will you?

These kids have no priorities.

Hello, there. Good to see you.

Thank you. You too. Cody, I’d like to introduce you to my grandson, james. James, this is a friend of the family, cody bell.

You can call me cody. How you doing, james?

Nice to meet you.

Thanks. You, too. So we got an ice cream sundae here, so is there a celebration?

Yes. We just came from james’s moving up ceremony.

Congrats, dude. That’s awesome. You got any big plans for the summer?

James is going to this great summer camp. Guess where cody works.


I work at stables. You like horses? Did I say something wrong?

James is a little afraid of horses, which might be a problem at his camp.

Ah. Maybe we can do something about that.

Worrying to death about trina going missing, that’s the only thing that’s been keeping my mind from replaying every wrong move that I made with curtis. I can’t stop thinking about hearing the hurt that was in his voice and seeing the distrust and the betrayal in his eyes when he looked at me. You don’t know how hard I’ve prayed for forgiveness and just wishing that I could go back in time and tell you and curtis the truth from the very start.

Have you told curtis that?

I’ve tried. But he won’t stick around long enough to listen, much less to have a conversation with me. And jordan, of all people, jordan told me. She warned me more than once that lies is what drove a wedge between them. So how can I really even blame curtis for being mad for being deceived all over again?

You know, curtis, if he loves you, he’ll forgive you. But you have to forgive yourself. You got to let the past go. You got to stop feeling guilty and stop tiptoeing around curtis. Tell him you love him before it’s too late.

[Dramatic music]

Come on, let’s get out of here.

I’m tempted. You don’t know how much. But this isn’t the first time we felt that old spark.

Well, maybe we should do something about it.

Before this goes any further, if it goes any further, we need to know why.

You know what, james? You’re–you’re friends with leo, right?


So am I. You know something else that you and I have in common is I went to camp, too. You looking forward to going?

I don’t know. I hate mosquitoes.

That’s something else we have in common. But take it from me, man, camp is worth a couple of bug bites.


Well, when I was your age, my summers were really lonely until I went to camp. And then I met my best friend ever, dante falconeri. We had a blast.

You know dante? He’s my godfather.

You don’t say. Yeah, he’s my oldest friend, meaning I’ve known him the longest, not that he’s old. I mean–yeah. I taught dante how to ride horses and he taught me how to paddle a canoe.

At camp?

Mm-hmm. Yeah. That’s when we first became friends. I bet when you go to camp, you’re going to meet a kid that you’re going to be friends with forever, too. And you might even learn how to paddle a canoe.

Do you like sundaes?

Uh, who doesn’t like sundaes? Of course. Oh.

I’m kind of scared of canoes, too, and bats.

No, bats are awesome. They eat mosquitoes. Let’s get it.

I think the text color of the headline would pop more in white. But other than that, everything looks great. What do you think?

I’m sorry. You’re talking to me. You said, color, white, and yes, I can see that.

Maxie’s not here, but itseems like neither are you. Nina, we can reschedule.

No, no, no. I really apologize. I just can’t seem to get my mind off of willow. She’s alone in that isolation room. She doesn’t have the ability to hold her own children.

Or be held by her own mother?

Stop. You stop getting into my head. Ok?

Nina, I understand in my own way, ok? You can talk to me.

I know. I know I can. It’s just if carly and michael have it their way, I’m never going to get close to willow. And I’m trying really hard not to dwell on that. I just–bottom line is I want this transplant to give willow her life back, whether I’m in it or not.

You know what? I am going to talk to carly and michael on your behalf.

Thank you. I really appreciate the offer, but no, I wouldn’t put you in that position. Ok? You have enough to handle already.

Actually, I am feeling very confident lately. Despite that attempt to get me to melt down on television, I held it together and i came away stronger than ever.

Yes, you did.

And I have made up my mind. I am going to petition the court to end gladys’s guardianship. I’m taking charge of my life again.

Tell him his cousin gladys is waiting.

He’s in a meeting. Door’s closed. Even the president and the pope would have to wait. Boss gave me this for you. Said you earned it.

Let me know what you come up with. Yeah. Sorry for the interruption, let’s get back to dex. Why do you want me to kick him to the curb?

Because I want him to be free to make his own choices and to live his own life.

If that’s what dex wants, then he should respect me enough to ask me that to my face, instead of sending you.

No, he doesn’t even know I’m here. I’m the one asking.

Yeah, but you knew that he was on my payroll when you met him. So why are you coming now? What has changed?

Can I have a cupcake?

These are for later.

Can cody come home with us and have one?

Well, cody and I have a little legal business. He’s got to sign an affidavit.

He’s right. Sorry, pal.

An affidavit?

Yeah, it’s just a little nothing at all, no big deal.

I need a legal document to establish my family background. It is nothing, but he’s right. We got to get back to work.

Can’t you stay?

Maybe just for a few minutes. You like brownies?

I love them.

All right. Well, cupcakes later, brownies now. You want to help me pick some out? Let’s go.

That’s great news. You’re taking charge of your finances and your life again. I am so proud of you.

I’m honored you’re proud of me, nina. You’re still a very important person in my life.

It’s ironic, isn’t it. I once thought that you were the daughter that I always wanted, and that turned out not to be the case. But I’m actually closer to you than I am my own biological child.

Well, willow doesn’t know what she’s missing. And for her sake, I hope that changes soon.

I think you’re a little biased.

Yes, I am. I mean, you could have just turned your back on me after you found out I misled you.

I kind of did.

Yeah, but after a while, you forgave me. So if I was the daughter you always wanted, you’re the mother i always wished I had.

I’m glad willow could at least wave at us before she fell asleep.

Yeah, me too. Glimpses of her awake and alert are rare occurrences these days.

You ok?

I just got to keep telling myself that it’s going to be over soon. She’s going to make a full recovery. Home stretch, you know?

I believe that. And don’t feel like you can’t reach out for support if you need to. I know we don’t agree on some things, but I got you. You know that, right?

Yeah, no, I do. And thanks. And about sonny, we’re actually in a better place. Yeah, as long as he doesn’t try lobbying for nina.

Well, he’s going to do that, michael. He loves her.

I can’t tell nina how to deal with her own daughter any more than I want anybody to tell me how to deal with mine. I got to give her that courtesy.

Ok. Well, then can you just maybe not advocate for her? Stop her from pressuring me and willow?

You feel pressure?

Not openly. You’re too smart for that. We both know you’re very good at getting what you want.

I agree to let nina and willow figure out their relationship on their own. Can you do the same?

I can live with that. At the end of the day, I’m counting on sonny to choose his family over nina.

I don’t know about that. That’s a long shot.

Maybe, maybe not.

Nothing’s changed. I fell for dex, despite the fact that he works for you, and I own that.

You are your mother’s daughter, direct, honest to a fault.

Well, I thought you valued honesty.

All right, you know what? I’ve come to an understanding with your brother, michael. Do you think we can also?

I’m game. You can start by letting dex go.

If dex wants that, then he knows where to find me.

Nice work, if you can get it, huh? What’d you do, place a bet for sonny? Ponies? Something else?

I only bet on sure things. Sonny’s one of them.

Cousin sonny, this is your lucky day.

What are you doing here?

Why would it be too late for curtis and me? Marcus, do you know something?

No, I don’t know anything. I just know from experience that things can get out of hand, they could go too far, you can’t turn back.

So what you’re saying is that curtis and I may have reached some sort of turning point?

Portia, the guy dropped everything, risked his neck to bring trina back home. A lot of it was because of trina, but a lot of it was because of you. Now it’s your turn. You need to decide what you want and then you need to fight for it, and I’m talking about the kind of fight, the tenacity, the focus you have for you when you’re fighting for your patients.

But what about fighting for our daughter? Am I supposed to let trina just fend for herself against spencer cassadine? We both know how that ends.

Portia, you cannot send trina to her room any more than you can make her forgive and forget what you have done to her by turning her life upside down. She’s not your little girl anymore.

She might still be yours, though.

She’s always going to be mine, no matter what the tests say. Look, nobody can tell trina how to run her life. I know how stubborn you are. And no matter how hard this is to let this go, portia, you’ve got to let trina live her life. Then maybe you can concentrate on living yours.

We have always had strong feelings, which is why we got together in the first place. Those feelings, I’ve always had them. Maybe I always will.

Well, you had other feelings about me, too. Remember? Ones you couldn’t get past, involving mistrust and betrayal? That’s why we split up and why you moved on to portia. And the two of you rekindled your relationship and fell in love.

But that was before–

let me finish. You and portia were happy. I saw that. You bought a house together and made it a home for trina and your father. You exchanged heartfelt vows and got married in front of your friends and family. You had the fairytale ending.

But we didn’t, and you know why. And here we are.

Yeah. Yes. Here we are. But is this a last grasp for something that’s ended, something we should let be over? Or will these feelings always be here, just… waiting for us to rekindle them?

Not here.

See you later, frank.

What do you want, gladys?

I have a proposal that’s in our mutual interest.

Is that right?

Yeah. As you know, I am in charge of sasha’s day-to-day decision making, including investments.

That’s for the time being because what I– I heard that her last tv appearance, she was doing ok, holding her own.

Yeah. Oh, yeah.


Thankfully, she didn’t fall to pieces, like the last time. But sasha isn’t ready to handle her finances.

So she should keep trusting you?


I knew you’d understand.

Yeah, right.

As it turns out, I have a knack for finances, which is why I’m letting you in on the ground floor of an amazing opportunity. Take it from me, it can’t miss.

Thank you so much for meeting me.

Sure. So tell me, what is so important you had me run out of nina’s office, where we were supposed to have a meeting with deception?

Oh, that–that can wait. I have something to tell you, and I think you’ll want to know.

I think that kid’s going to have a hell of a stomachache.

My nathan never got the chance for time with his son.

And I’m sorry about that. Nathan, he would have made a hell of a father. But james, he’s got a lot of people that care about him. I mean, even cody. I mean, he’s not family, but maybe they’ll have more of these outings.

Where did this new and unexpected fondness for cody come from? What’s this legal action all about?

I thought we weren’t speaking anymore.

We’re speaking now.

Ok, then hear this. I don’t want to ruin the surprise.

If living my own life means ignoring all the big, flashing warning signs when I see trina and spencer together, you can forget that. Mm-mm, I won’t let this go.

I’m not asking you to let this go. I’m just asking you to be smart about how you approach our daughter. Look, she’s got you, me, curtis, marshall, jordan, all these people that care about her.

What do you mean, jordan?

Portia, you think it was a coincidence that jordan was stuck in the elevator long enough for you to talk to that bartender and convince him to testify on trina’s behalf?

Wait a second. Wait, you’re telling me that jordan did that deliberately. Did she tell you that?

She didn’t have to. We’ve been partners long enough. I know her. Look, the point is jordan also cares about trina, which means you can stop using trina as an excuse and maybe you can start putting your energy into working on your marriage.

It never ended for me. Even when things were at their worst, I was still ready to fight for us. But you walked away from me, right into portia’s arms. Listen, I’m not blaming you or portia. I’ve come to terms with my part in things and I’m trying to be more mindful going forward. But did I ever stop caring, stop feeling, stop loving you? Never.

Jordan, look.

I truly wanted you and portia to be happy. I told her she needed to tell you the truth so she wouldn’t make the same mistakes I did.

I always said you were a class act.

Well, I wouldn’t give me too much credit. You know why I didn’t come to your wedding? In part, I was sitting it out because I knew what portia was keeping from you. But mainly, it was because I couldn’t bear to hear you pledge your love to someone else. I still loved you that much. So before we go any further, I need to know where you are, what you feel, what you want. Are you on the rebound? Or are you and portia really over? And if so, do we get a second chance?

Ok. It’s just us now. What went down in sonny’s office?

I told sonny that i want him to cut you loose.

[Dramatic music]

You asked sonny to fire me?

It was the only way I knew how to get you out of sonny’s world.

Unbelievable. What did he say? No, don’t bother. Sonny said if I wanted out, it was up to me to ask him myself.

You know him well.

Damn it. Why did you get involved in this?

Maybe because he’ll kill you if he finds out you’ve been working against him.

I knew the risks when I took the job, joss. I don’t need you constantly trying to rescue me.

Are you sure? Because so far my track record is awesome.

You know I appreciate that. And I appreciate you. We’re supposed to be in this together.

Exactly. So no going around, risking your neck without telling me.

But that’s not realistic. I can’t run it by you every time sonny asks me to do something. And I especially don’t want you going to him on my behalf asking him to fire me when I don’t even know about it.

I want you free and clear of sonny. Ok? I’m sorry, but I thought that’s what you wanted, too.

You know I do.

Ok, gladys, we’re going to have to wrap this up because I got someplace I need to be, some important thing I need to do.

Oh don’t worry. I’ll make it quick.


It’s about deception, the company. The thing that sasha was hyping on the home & heart shopping channel, that was just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a whole new line in the works, maybe even a whole new division. But new products need new investing.

I’m sure lucy and maxie have all the financing taken care of.

Yeah, yeah, well, sure. But there’s always room for more. Sonny, this is a golden opportunity. You get in now and you will make bank when deception brings this line to markets.

Gladys. What’s in it for you?

Oh, I was thinking a finder’s fee, you know, for–


[Laughs] How big of a finder’s fee?

Well, I hadn’t decided on the percentage. I’m still circling around and doing some calculating.

Ok, hold it. Hold it right there. Sounds like a winner, but it’s a no for me because my portfolio is fine. And you know that trouble that carly’s into, the insider trading thing? It pretty much falls under the same umbrella. And you don’t want to open yourself up to that, now, do you? You can thank me later because I do everything to protect my family. Right?


All right. Do me a favor, frank. Get my cousin a big box of biscotti.

Oh, man, apparently my perp just remembered he had a partner. So I got to go back down to the er.

Oh. Well, I’m glad you stopped by.

I am, too. Hey, you sounded kind of cryptic before I got on my call there. Everything cool with you and sonny?

Well, let’s just say that sonny and I have found one point of agreement.

Involving willow or nina?

Why don’t you save those detective skills for the perp downstairs?

All right, take it easy. All right? You tell willow that we’re thinking of her. Me, sam, the kids, we love her.

Will do.

And don’t make sonny choose between you and nina. All right?

Say hi to sam.

Thought I’d give it my best shot. You know?


I’ll see you.

See you.

Cody was in the studio the day of the deceptor pitch?

According to lucy, cody figured out that they were messing with you and he threatened to streak in front of the camera.


Yeah. And I believe it because, well, he did it at the nurses’ ball.

Do you think he’s still at kelly’s with james and liesl?

When I spoke with liesl, he was still there, checking up on james.

Please excuse me, maxie. There’s something I need to take care of.

I would love to say that I have all the answers. But the truth is life’s up in the air.

Meaning the dna test?

That’s a big part of it. I’d be lying if I said I know how I will react if I find out that I’m trina’s biological father, or if I’m not.

Well, that’s understandable. What about the other parts?

I guess after what i experienced in greenland, you know, the victor cassadine madness, coming out of an intense experience like that, I don’t know, it shook things up for me. What am I doing with my life? I’ve made this place a success and I’m proud of that. But then I wonder, is this all there is? Because I’m feeling like it’s not enough.

Sounds like you’re restless again, maybe wondering where your heart lies.

I don’t know. Jordan, I care about you way too much to make promises that I’m not sure I can deliver.

Why couldn’t I have been a little more honest with you and you a little less honest with me?

We are who we are. Can you give me some time so I can figure out the rest?

So we understand each other?

Well, I could use some reminding. I got it. We’re in this together.

We have to trust each other.

Yes. I will trust you when you have to act alone sometimes.


And you have to trust me. Do you?

Of course, but what–

great. I’ll see you later.

Joss, where are you going?

Trust me.

Take the time you need. Once you unravel the knots in your marriage and deal with the results of the dna test, you know where to find me.

You take care, jordan.

I’m glad you stopped by.

I felt like I did all the talking. Any of it stick?

I heard what you had to say and I appreciate it. But I can’t be the only one to make our marriage work. Curtis has to want it, too. He knows how desperately I want things to work out. So in the meantime, I’m not going to take my eyes off of the other love of my life. Marcus, I’m not going to let trina become another casualty of the cassadines. I want to make sure that trina sees exactly who spencer cassadine really is.

Here’s your biscotti, miss corbin.

Thanks. Say, frank, I saw you hand dex that big, fat envelope earlier. What was that about, some big deal he and sonny pulled off?

You know better than to ask that, miss corbin, being family and all.

[Suspenseful music]

Nina. It’s gladys corbin. I know what I owe you, but I might have something more valuable than money.

Hey. Can we talk somewhere a little more private?

Sure. What do you want to talk about?

You and dex.

So listen, think about it. Ok? Because we got to get that thing signed asap.

Yeah, no, you got it. James, listen, I’m going to talk to your grandma or your mom, and we’re going to figure out when you can come to the stables with me and leo. Cool?

Ok. Bye, cody.

Bye, bud.

Let’s go, liebchen.

Come on. There you go. All right. Listen, I got my car. Can I give you a lift?

Where are you parked?

In the lot. Well, things are looking up.


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